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Review: All Summer Long by Hope Larson

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*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
This was my first Larson novel and I wouldn’t mind reading more from her, especially if it followed these characters. This was a quirky middle grade novel that focused on the summer between two best friends who had to spend it apart. We only see them together a few times which I didn’t like. I wanted to see more of their friendship and interactions but my prayers weren’t answered. I felt like I was just supposed to believe they were the best of friends without being given anything to prove that point. I also felt weird reading this and had a hard time navigating in the beginning. I felt like I had stumbled in the middle of something as if it were a sequel? I still don’t know if it’s true or not. Either way, it was quick to get through and it was what I was really looking for at the moment.
The main character and her best friend definitely held my interest but other than that, I didn’t care about the rest of the characters.

2/5 stars

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Review: Listen to your Heart by Kasie West!

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*ARC provided by Scholastic in exchange for an honest review*
Kasie is the perfect author to read when you’re in a slump, which is exactly why this book came into my life at the most perfect time. I needed a book that I could quickly devour and the fact that I loved the premise of this one was an added bonus.
This book follows Kate, a high schooler that’s obsessed with the lake, who gets thrust into co-hosting a podcast at her school. I’ve never read a book that dealt with podcast hosts before so this was a fun way to dip my toes into the subject. I was glad to find out that I connected with Kate on a personal level almost immediately. Her immense love for the lake really spoke to my obsession with water and I found myself nodding vigorously at some of the remarks she would make. Also, her evasion towards people/public spoke to my soul as I would much rather hang out by myself or 2 other people at most.
I also really enjoyed witnessing her dynamic with her parents. I am only close to my siblings and a part of me was jealous that I don’t get along with my parents the way Kate does. Also, family businesses are a weak spot for me when it comes to books so that added to my enjoyment for sure.
We also meet Diego, the adorable guy who keeps calling the podcast for advice about his crush. Diego stole my heart right away, like a sibling, and it was a bit disappointing that I didn’t get to see more of him. What I got wasn’t enough for me but I still enjoyed the moments he was present, without a doubt. He was so funny and the interactions between him and Kate seemed so effortlessly executed that I couldn’t help but want them together.
The thing about Kasie’s novels are that they are super predictable but they still don’t make me want to stop reading. On the contrary, she has a way with words that makes me shove all my second thoughts out the window and just keep on reading.
Lastly, all I can really say is that Kate and Diego are now my second favorite duos created by Kasie so far and I can’t wait for the next one!

4/5 stars!

ICYMI: Bookstagram Mondays- Bree

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Name: 
Bree Hill
Age:
31
Birthday:
November 11th

Hello beautiful bookdragons!
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What is the meaning behind your username?
Back in the fall of 2017 I (finally) read my first romance novel and have been slowly falling in love with the genre ever since! So my new Bookstagram account username is inspired by that and the blog I created.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I’m a busy woman like so many of us are and I tend to always have a book with me for those few moments throughout the day that I may get to read so most of the time my photos are inspired by those moments–whether I’m at Starbucks grabbing my secret menu drink or at my local central market enjoying a smoothie. I find it fascinating how busy the world is but readers make time for our passion of reading and can just about read anywhere.
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Are you on Booktube?
I am on Booktube as Bree Hill. I haven’t been posting videos as much as I used to but my channel is still active.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Enjoy being young. Spend more time with friends. Have more slumber parties. Keep playing sports. Love the hell out of each moment because one day you’ll be 31 dreaming about having those moments back.

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What is your favorite hobby besides reading?
I love classic film. I love Lucille Ball’s comedy-she was a genius. And I could watch Fred Astaire dance for hours. My favorites though are classic horror films! I can’t get enough of The Creature From the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein and Alfred Hitchcock’s film adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca
Who is your most owned author?
I am missing two of her novels but I own everything that is in print by Susanna Kearsley. She has two novels I haven’t been able to find so I reached out  her on twitter years ago and she told me they were terrible and are no longer in print, so I’ve calmed down some–I’d still love to get my hands on them though.
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Who is your favorite Disney princess? Why?
Freaking Merida from Brave. She wanted to do her own thing and I admired that about her. She didn’t want to be married or have anything romantic. She was totally fine with doing her archery and riding her horse. She made a mistake which was a pretty big deal but righted her wrong. I just love her.
Book or physical book? Why?
BOTH! I love having physical books because I love highlighting and writing notes inside, but I love the convenience of reading e-books on my Ipad.

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Review: The House by Christina Lauren!

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“He’s always reasoned that everyone lived their lives in one type of box or another; his was just a bit more oddly shaped than the rest.”
This is my first Christina Lauren novel and I can’t wait to read more from her! I’m going to be actively refreshing her page for her next thriller. I have been dying to read this book for so long, I still can’t believe I finally managed to get to it.
This book follows Gavin and Delilah as they start having feelings with each other while outside forces try to separate them forever. I know, this may sound like a typical romance novel, but it’s not. I mean, when has a house become so obsessed with you that it refuses to share you? Yeah, this premise sounded beyond amazing and I was already completely enamored with this book before I even opened it.
I felt such a personal connection to Delilah from the very start and I loved being inside of her head beyond measure. She loves the darker side of things and anything morbid. Gavin and his situation intrigued me a lot as well but I couldn’t personally connect with him. Either way, they both burrowed deep into my heart and I miss them so much. My heart went out to both of them time and time again. Nobody deserves to go through what these two went through. Christina broke my heart so much and my eyes felt like they were going to pop out of my head with the things she threw at them. I wanted to look away so I wouldn’t have to see them suffer anymore but as you can see, I couldn’t. I had to fight through it and now my heart hurts every time I think about this book. Anyway, I absolutely loooooved these two together and they definitely knew how to raise the temperature in the room with their chemistry.
Even though I finished this in one day, a big part of me had the urge to savor every word I read. The details in this novel were so beautiful that they took over every part of my being and I had a difficult time letting go of it.
I also loved that the humor in this novel still shone above its constant dark undertone. This book was HILARIOUS and I appreciated it so much as I battled the magnified suspension in every page. I loved how unique the villain in this story was and I thought Christina executed in the best way possible. This book is ingrained into me and I will never stop recommending it to people.

5/5 stars!

Review: Folded Notes from High School by Matt Boren

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*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
This was my first book by Matt and I was super excited to read it since I heard it was strictly told through folded notes. All of them center around a character by the name of Tara.
Tara is a senior in high school and she has her eyes set on acting on Broadway in her future. Meanwhile, she wants to play the leas in every play her school puts out and we follow her as drama seems to find her and vice versa.
I loved how fast it was to get through this novel. I really enjoyed getting to know different characters through their notes to each other. Sadly, I was more invested in everyone else instead of the main character.
I had a lot of problems with Tara. It wasn’t even because she was the popular girl that acts like the world is hers to conquer. Sometimes those characters are the most interesting but that wasn’t the case here. I just couldn’t stomach her or anything she said and did.
This novel also mostly follows Matt, a freshman that Tara has ‘taken under her wing’ since he auditions for plays as well. Tara catches feelings for him even though she has a boyfriend and to me, it wasn’t believable. Her feelings for him came out of nowhere and I just felt like it was a bunch of lies. I wish there was some sort of build up in the notes instead of having it come out of nowhere.
I liked that there were some unique aspects that this novel brought to the table but it was all mostly regular high school drama that I’ve read a bunch of times before. Even though I don’t like Tara, this book left me wanting more. I really hope Matt writes another novel (that probably follows Matt this time instead of Tara) because that last note has me wanting to know what happens next!
2.5/5 stars

Double Review: Eighth Gave After Dark & The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Grave!

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*Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I probably will sound like a broken record but I can only say so much when reviewing a 13 book series, but I absolutely enjoyed seeing Charlie in a new light. Her group of friends never cease to amaze me and make me jealous that I don’t have a group of friends like them. I love the new characters we got to meet in this book and I can’t wait to meet more!
The only thing that I didn’t care for and that was that I felt like a certain scene should’ve packed an insane amount of brutality but it ended up being anti-climactic at its best. I was expecting so much more with where the plot was heading but it left a lot to be desired in the end.
I’m only giving this a 4 because my slump made me take a year-long break from this world and I had to work hard to reconnect to the characters. Luckily, I was able to become obsessed with them all over again due to the last few chapters! They were a rollercoaster ride for sure! Darynda did what she does best and I was left with my mouth hanging to the floor. I had to pick up the next book immediately after I finished this novel.
But omg that ending!! My eyes almost left my skull!

4/5 stars!


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*Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK IS OFFICIALLY ONE OF MY FAVORITES FROM THE SERIES.
Darynda brought it to a whole new and brutal level that I was not expecting. I can’t even believe I’m still alive after what I just went through. I should’ve never doubted the character’s ability to make me fall madly in love with them again since they managed to do so with flying colors.
This book takes place about a month after the last book and it brought us a whole new level of angst galore. I loved seeing Charlie and her crew adapt to the circumstances they were thrust into which made me admire them so much more than I already did.
This book hit me harder than any of the other ones and it will stick with me for a long, long, time. Of course, I also fell in love with the new characters we were introduced to. I really hope we get to see them again in future books since I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to them.
My heart was shattered time and time again and I have yet to forgive Darynda for it. Even after all the heartbreak, I absolutely refused to tear my eyes off the page for one second. I’m still in mourning after all this time, especially since I haven’t been able to get my hands on the next two books yet. I have to wait for who knows how long and I am not taking it well. Being separated from these characters is proving to be quite difficult.
I call this book Sad Face now. It’s the one in the series that has left me unbelievably heartbroken. Every time I think about this book, I turn into a big sad face. Luckily, this was packed with a lot of steamy scenes that helped counteract my aching heart. I can’t even handle the chemistry between Reyes and Charley anymore but I am addicted to it.
I also can’t handle the attractiveness of every male in her life in general. She’s a lucky one that Charley.

5/5 stars! (Let’s face it, it’s more like 6 stars!)